Vail Innovation Center

VIC News, September 29, 2020

Letter from the Coordinator

September 29, 2020

Hello amazing VIC Students/Families,

It is hard to believe we are almost finished with the first quarter and gearing up for fall break. I hope that you all can find time to get out into nature and enjoy some time "unplugged."

Remember, our fall break does not have set dates for work to be completed. The Vail School District is scheduled for fall break the weeks of October 12th - October 24th. You do not have to log in to Edmentum or Calvert to work over the break if you are on track. This is a great opportunity to close gaps, get caught up, or even ahead if you feel so inclined. Getting ahead and studying will help at your finals time to allow you more time to study.

Some quick tips for everyone at this time:

1. If you are needing help, reach out to your teacher using your Vail email for 6-12th grade and with parent help for K-5.

2. When you are working keep the number of tabs and windows open to a minimum as it causes tech issues with Edmentum and Calvert. Too many tabs can cause things to move much slower and you can have errors.

Have an amazing week,

Rachel Tankersley

Coordinator of Digital Learning

Vail Innovation Center K-12


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A Message to Vail Families from Edmentum

Hello Vail,

Welcome back to school! No matter what your classroom looks like this year we want to make sure you and your families have the tools you need to have a successful back to school experience and we’ve been hard at work identifying new channels through which you can get your questions answered from Edmentum.

To better support your needs we have rolled out a variety of new resources that are now available directly from Product FAQs, live webinars, and office hours can be found on your program’s getting started pages listed below.

We’ve also created a brand new Parent & Caregiver Support Page filled with on-demand resources to help families in your district get up and running!

Edmentum Courseware

Exact Path

Reading Eggs

EdOptions Academy & Calvert Learning

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The 2020-2021 School Calendar

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K-5 Families

Hello VIC K-5 students and families,

This week it has been so wonderful for the teachers to have this chance to meet with each of their students and their families. Thank you all for taking the time to meet with them and discuss your amazing child.

Also, thank you for your flexibility with schedules as we are all working to make this year the best it can be.

Thank you and have a great week,

Mrs. Tankersley

Latest News:

  • Ms. Heidingsfelder is inviting you to a scheduled dance group Zoom meeting. The dance group is Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30-8:40.
    Topic: Move, Wiggle and Learn with Ms. H!
    Time: This is a recurring meeting
    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 875 0622 2992
    Passcode: 1Ur4hs

  • The elementary teachers have been so very impressed with the kiddos and wanted to send out a few shout outs to our students of the month! Congratulations to the kids and their families!
  • This week the teachers will continue to be on the lookout for kids that are dressed to impress during the Zoom meetings as well as those on task. It has been so adorable to see their style. We would love to see the students show their personalities with their learning environment and clothing choices.

Dressed to Impress and Student On Task Recognition:

  • 4th Grade On Task: Michael Bustillos, Bridget Arellano, and Grady Schultz. They are always on task, participate in Zoom calls, and have great attitudes each and every day.
  • 5th Grade Best Dressed: Penelope Gloria
  • 5th Grade On Task: Dawson Murphy

K-5 Students of the Month for September

Grades 6-12 Kudos Corner

We would like to send a KUDOS out for the following students. Keep your eye out for next weeks KUDOS Corner to see who is recognized next.

Mrs. Goolsby; I want to recognize Michael Bustillos. He is always on time for our small group session with his materials ready. He works hard, communicates with his classmates and has a great attitude. Thank you Michael.

Mrs. Goldwasser; 6th grade: Gabriel Karhoff is working ahead of schedule. Nathan Mandel, Angel Cruz, Eli Johndrown, Trinity Delagarza are some of the students who are taking the time to check in with Zoom office hours. Julius Chapman way to go for reaching out when you need a little info from me. Isaac Cattron is doing an awesome job in course 6B. 7th grade: Lynette Kioko, Ainslie Lowe and Sam Tarver are all doing thorough, high quality work and their effort and dedication are moving them along ahead of schedule. 8th grade: Matthew Allison did a great job volunteering to present his energy course activity to other VIC students who signed on during office hours. Thanks for setting an example and sharing. Eden Oliver took the initiative to start her class two weeks early, and set a high bar in quality for the students who are coming along on the regular schedule.

Mrs. Kennedy; huge shout out to to the following CyberWolves for their excellence in your VIC Math course: Dexter Mitchell who is already 54% finished with her course, Julius Chapman who is 68% complete with his course, and Jonathan Stubblefield who has worked incredibly hard to get ahead in his course.

Mrs. Lotti; shout out to Lynette Kioko, Ainslee Lowe, Chloe Larson, and Seth Rico for being ahead of pace. Keep it up! Congratulations to Nathan Daschke for successfully completing his English 4A course!!

Mrs. Nunes; recognizes the following students from grade 6th-12th who are on pace or ahead of pace in ALL of their classes: 6th grade; Aurora Thompson, Nathan Mandel 7th grade; Julian SantaCruz, Robert Wolfe 8th grade; Liliana SantaCruz, Damion Welz-Rabe 9th grade; Emily Countryman, and a special shout out to Rylee Runyon for her top efforts in all of her Honors classes 10th grade; Matthew Jenkins, Alexia McAllister 11th grade; Malcolm Breaux, Hailey Baker and 12th grade; Kenzie Johnson, Jeannie Vega. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

Students in 6-12: Here is a Edmentum Tutorial with tips and tricks. Please watch.

6-12 End of Semester Test Procedures

Hello VIC students, parents, and staff,

Testing procedures are being revised for the remainder of the school year. Please read the information provided below.

At this time we are going to continue to have students take their final exams from home. When scheduling and taking your exam from home you are agreeing to follow all of the testing policies and procedure requirements mentioned below. We will strictly adhere to these guidelines.

How to schedule your exam:

  1. Students will need to use the link on their Teacher Approval letter to schedule their final. The final times will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at either 9 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.

** Please remember testing will be done from HOME, so you will not be testing at the VIC. You MUST fill out the GoogleForm completely to schedule your time.

  1. We highly encourage parent(s) or guardian(s) to proctor and support you during your exam. Things for you to keep in mind:

    1. During the exam you may only use a 4x6 notecard to write any notes you may need for the test.

    2. Students should plan to spend up to two hours to complete their exam.

  2. After you complete your final exam, you must take a screenshot of your browser history showing your testing time. This will be sent to your teacher for them to approve your credit for the course. *If you do not send your history, your final will be invalidated and you will receive an “F” on your transcript.

Once your final is scheduled with all of the appropriate information we will unlock the exam for you remotely. By scheduling and taking your exam from home you are agreeing to follow all of the testing policies and procedure requirements from above. Please be sure to read them carefully so you are in compliance with the policies to keep your final exam results valid.

Thank you,

The VIC Team

If you have any questions or concerns, please email one of the following:

Rachel Tankersley- Coordinator of Digital Learning

Julie Devaughn- Online Office Specialist

Amanda Schock- Paraprofessional

Senior Exit Project (SEP) Information Update

Hello Seniors,

Thank you to all of the seniors that have completed their tasks for the SEP at this time. We are still waiting for some to be turned in. Please remember that we need to know which path you will be taking and which projects you will be completing for your SEP. For clarification that is the mentored and non-mentored tracks and the tasks associated with each. Additional information is in your SEP handout and once you determine your path and assignments please email either myself or Ms. Wrona at with your choices. In addition, please remember that you should have started doing the research for your paper as the due date will be here before you know it.

Some important dates for you are as follows:

October 13 and 14 research paper workshop from 1:00pm to 3:00pm @ Vail Innovation Center

October 14 Office hours with Mr. Ogden via Zoom with the link below

Time: Oct 14, 2020 01:00 PM Arizona
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 817 5697 8164
Passcode: xZ6Ekd

We are attaching the link to the SEP Handbook which is posted on our VIC Website under the 6-12 Resources. Keep in mind due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently working on modifications to the SEP and we will keep you updated.

As always should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mr Arlo Ogden

Vail Innovation Center

Senior Exit Project Coordinator

Senior Advisor


Important Flyers and Information

Aramark: Weekend and Fall Break Curbside Meals

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VIC/VBL PTA Membership Info

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Parent Volunteer Link to Sign Up

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K-12 VIC Staff Contacts - Communication is Key


Please be sure you are reaching out to your teacher at any time to get support or ask questions. We are attaching our staff list showing teacher names and email addresses so you can easily contact your teacher. We are all here to help you succeed. Please plan enough time to hear back from your teacher within 24 hours.

Here is the link to our spreadsheet with all of the VIC teachers and their email.

"Good communication is the bridge between confusion and clarity."

— Nat Turner

Edmentum Tech Support

If you are having any technical troubles with your online class, please contact Edmentum:

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